Arnfield Independent School provides on-site education for young people placed at Arnfield Tower Activity Centre and Greenfield House children’s homes. Qualified Teachers and Classroom Assistants at the school work closely with Residential Care Work staff and Outdoor Education instructors to provide a comprehensive integrated service to meet the needs of each individual.

The school delivers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum though it’s new and innovative ‘Project Based Learning’ curriculum launched in 2018. Young people also have access external accreditation including AQA Unit Awards and ASDAN Awards. The ultimate aim of Arnfield Independent School is to facilitate students’ return to full-time mainstream education at either a maintained school or at college.

Over the years, we have built excellent relationships with local schools and colleges helping us to achieve this goal.

“Students often have very low levels of attainment in English, Mathematics and Science when they enter the school. All have had severe disruption to their education as a result of being permanently excluded from mainstream schools, as well as experiencing major traumas in their life. Many have not attended secondary schools at all. As a result, students initially have low self-esteem; they lack confidence and are not motivated to learn or want to achieve their best.

Students make good progress in their personal development. They make significant gains in their confidence and self-esteem and quickly re-engage in their learning.

Staff ensure that students are well cared for and they keep them safe. Students appreciate the support and help they receive from staff.

Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Activities such as art and the outdoor education have a very positive impact on aspects of students’ learning and their personal development.”

Ofsted inspection Report / November 2013